There are plenty of reasons why you should book hotels in Leeds...
From the buzzing nightlife scene and some of the finest shopping in the north of England, to watching Leeds United Football Club play at Elland Road, Leeds hotels are often full of visitors in pursuit of a good time. Cafés, restaurants and bars are jam-packed with people enjoying the northern hospitality and the cracking views from the renovated waterfront buildings.
Leeds is also a cultural hub, with more opera, ballet and art than one might expect from a former centre of the wool trade. But that's Leeds for you - keen to surprise and delight and the perfect place for a short break in the north of England.
There are both budget hotels and luxury hotels in the city centre, so you don't have to compromise on price or location...
Leeds is a big place, though the main attractions are neatly arranged in the very centre of the city, an area roughly marked out by the inner ring road to the north and the River Aire to the south. Booking hotels anywhere in this area ensures that you will be within close proximity of whatever it is you're interested in seeing and doing while in Leeds, except for sporting pursuits. If you plan to see Leeds United FC play at home, you should opt for a hotel in the Beeston area or anywhere on the south side of the city. If cricket or rugby is your thing, look for hotels in the north west of Leeds and in the area of Headingley. Yorkshire County Cricket Club, Leeds Rhinos and Leeds Carnegie play at Headingley Stadium.
There is a wide range of accommodation options in Leeds. You can go for a standard room with everything you need, except the frills, in a big-name chain hotel, or splash out on a luxurious pad in the city. There are unique and historic hotels, with some notable choices along the renovated stretches of the river, such as those in The Calls. You will also find the usual high standards from brands such as Hilton, Malmaison, Park Plaza, and Radisson Blu. City-centre parking is limited, so check if your hotel offers a space if you intend to arrive by car.
Visitors to Leeds will be entertained by a variety of interesting attractions...
Whether you want to dive into the history of Leeds or splurge in the shops, this city's highlights never fail to hit the right notes.
Top five attractions
Royal Armouries Museum
Thousands of pieces make up Britain's national collection of arms and armour.
Putting up an excellent fight with Manchester for the title of shopping capital of the north, in Leeds you can step into the past at the famous Kirkgate Market, the Corn Exchange, and the gorgeous arcades of the Victoria Quarter, before zooming into the present at shops in ultra-modern Trinity Leeds.
Leeds Grand Theatre and Opera House
Home to the opera and the ballet, you can also book tickets to see musicals, comedy and drama. The visual majesty of the theatre alone is worth the value of your ticket.
This family attraction is just a few miles outside the city centre in Roundhay Park. Children will love spotting the exotic animals.
Leeds City Museum
An excellent option for rainy days, this fascinating museum features a number of interactive exhibits - ideal for curious families.
Known for its nightlife, it's no surprise that Leeds dishes up a lively annual calendar of events...
Leeds is home to many entertainment venues, including the new First Direct Arena. From dramatic productions to the world's biggest stars, there's always something or someone to see in Leeds besides the popular annual events. It's worth checking before you travel to see what's happening.
Be in the city when these events take place to see Leeds in a new light.
Leeds Festival; August Bank Holiday: Expect the city to be abuzz with music fans when nearby Bramham Park (a 20-minute drive) hosts this annual feast of top tunes. Former headliners include Muse, Arctic Monkeys, and Kings of Leon.
Light Night; autumn: For one night only a host of attractions open to the public after dark and the streets are filled with performances and amazing light displays.
German Christmas Market; November-December: Ever popular, you can shop for handmade stocking fillers among the high street shops and designer brands that make Leeds a premier shopping destination.